Hello and welcome to HappyFamilyArt, where you will find fun places to visit around NJ, art lessons, craft instructions, coloring pages and more! Here you will find our happy family learning, traveling, making art and having fun!
Here you will find all sorts of fun day trips all over New Jersey and surrounding states. You can read about our family’s experiences there and hopefully get out and have fun! Also, be sure to check out our very popular list of FREE OR INEXPENSIVE PLACES FOR FAMILY FUN IN AND AROUND NJ.
Take a look at the many art lessons we have. So far there is acrylic, watercolor, how to draw, amazing coloring pages and more!
You can also explore our JEWELRY DIY INSTRUCTONS, our CRAFTY THINGS TUTORIALS to see many great craft ideas and tutorials, or the SEWING area. We also have a section dedicated to OUR ART. Also, please be sure to check out our ETSY STORE.
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This summer we got to explore a new to us beach: Island Beach State Park. What a wonderful place it is! I loved how wild and untamed it was, with so much to see.
I fell in love with felting when I tried it a friend’s house (peer pressure at it’s best). Introduction to felting, and how to make a felted doll tutorial.
Watchung Reservation – revisited. This place has had some changes in the past few years. It is still a wonderful place to visit, but the landscape has changed a bit.
It was a lot of fun to splash around in the wave pool in Hurricane Harbor. We look forward to coming back again soon.
This is not the first time that we visit Raptor Trust in Millington. It is always a great and wonderful experience.
We have revisited Ithaca once again for a fantastic camping experience, with lots to explore. This time we had more time to check out a few spots, go on a hike or two, and enjoy the town itself.
I made these Shakespeare themed bags for a friend. It is an easy beginner sewing project, and I enjoyed the process.
Using acrylic paint, we have completed this fun and easy painting of a tropical beach right on time for the summer. Complete with a palm tree and a sandcastle.
The Sandy Hook Beach Concerts are back! Come and listen to some music every Wednesday, at 6 pm, starting on 6/15/16, on beach E.
There is only a short time in May and June when you can visit this garden in full bloom, and it’s definitely worth it! I will be back to see it again next year.
I am just on photo # 310. It is not easy to get 1000 photographs. Granted, I don’t put every photo (especially of people) on here. Here is an updated 1000 Photo Project.
We had the chance to visit Drumthwacket, the official residence of the Governor of NJ. It was an experience I wanted to share here.
I finished my fourth coloring book! This book has 16 beautiful pages filled with fairies, flowers, butterflies, and more. As always, there is a free coloring page here!
Step by step tutorial on how to draw roses from three different points of view, and then color them in using colored pencils.
This is most certainly one of my favorite art lessons to do with kids. It takes a bit of prep time, but really worth it!
Two tutorials for two different methods to making a coloring page from photograph in Gimp.
These paintings allowed me to explore watercolor techniques, while having a great time with the process.
I have created this page so that I can share all the photography tips, tricks and techniques that I have learned along the way.
Tutorial for drawing and painting daisies using negative watercolor painting technique. I found the process to be very enjoyable and fun.
Step by step instructions on how to make this fairly accurate embroidery hoop star map. Fairly easy, though a few mistakes were made, and makes a great gift!
It was an adventure: trying to find a great, non toxic, air dry clay for art class. I have tried several, each one with it’s unique properties and projects.
We had an amazing time at Liberty Science Center. It had so many awesome exhibits for everyone to explore. Kids big and small were very happy to be there.
We made these great homemade watercolor paints and alcohol based ink. There were bubbling chemical reactions and fun painting. The kids and I loved it!
Detailed, step by step tutorial on how to color in a face. There are two versions here: one on a pastel paper, and one on a regular printing paper.